Alvarez is off to a slow start this year, which has Pirates fans worried.

Who would have guessed that in his first three starts of the season, Charlie Morton would have a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings?  Who would have guessed he would have a complete game one run outing on the road against the Cincinnati Reds, and a one run, six inning outing on the road against Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals?  Based on his 7.57 ERA in 2010, and the outcry over the idea that he would be in the rotation again this season, I'd say very few, and maybe even no one at all, expected this outcome from Morton's first three starts.

Now, who is ready to believe his first three starts are legit?  Again, I'd say very few think that Morton is the real deal after half a month of the 2011 season.

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